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Fridays From the Frontline: Crunch Time

This week in the business school blogosphere, applicants are closing in on their application deadlines, while current students enjoy the academic, professional and extracurricular dimensions of business school.

On the subject of GMAT prep, Efessays gives us a virtual lesson on sentence-correction questions. Meanwhile, Grantmeadmission outlines how to get a perfect 6.0 on the writing section of the GMAT, and updates us on his own GMAT progress. Continue reading…

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Financial Aid at Harvard Business School, Straight from the Admissions Director

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusNEWS FLASH: Business school, especially at top schools, costs a ton. Okay, so that’s not really news. More notable is the fact that top schools want to make the MBA affordable, at least according to the most recent post on the Director’s Blog at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Earlier this week, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a post on her blog to the topic of financial aid, noting that HBS last year awarded $26 million in need-based financial aid and has plans to increase that amount for the Class of 2017. Continue reading…

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USC/Marshall Essay Topics 2014-2015

USC/Marshall Essay Topics 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 USC / Marshall essay topics have been announced. They are listed below:

Essay: What are your short-term and long term personal and/or professional goals following graduation from
USC Marshall? How will USC Marshall enable you to develop or improve your skills in order to reach your
goals? (500-700 words)

Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information that you believe is important and/or will address any
areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (250

Re-application Essay: Please describe any significant professional, personal, or academic growth since your
last application to the USC Marshall School of Business. Discuss your specific professional goals and how the
USC Marshall MBA Program will help you achieve these goals. (500 – 700 words)

For more information, visit the school’s admissions website.

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Admissions Director Q&A: Conrad Chua of Cambridge’s Judge Business School

conrad_chuaConrad Chua met an alumnus of Cambridge University’s Judge Business School while working in business development and was soon sold on the school’s values and ethos. In 2009, he became head of MBA recruitment and admissions.

Chua, a native of Singapore, worked in the public sector there for 10 years, but he completed his undergraduate education at Stanford and a graduate program at London Business School. “The masters I did at LBS really opened my perspective, and I decided I wanted to work outside Singapore,” he told us. He and his wife moved to the United Kingdom seven years ago. Continue reading…

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London Business School Essay Topics

London Business School Essay Topics

The London Business School admissions team has revealed the essay topics for the upcoming admissions season. Here they are:

1. What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)

2. How will you add value to the London Business School community? (300 words)

3. Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (400 words)

For more information, check out LBS’s admissions website.

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IESE Essay Topics 2014-2015

IESE Essay Topics 2014-2015

IESE have released their online application for the upcoming admissions season. They can be found within the online application form, and are as follows:

1. “Tweet” your post MBA goals (280 characters) 

2. Describe a recent professional situation (1-2 years ago maximum) that demonstrates your fit with IESE’s mission and values (300 words)

3. I wish that the application had asked me… (200 word limit) 


More information can be found at IESE’s admissions website.

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Business School Students Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pass It On

oprah ice bucketWith the likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and former President George W. Bush pouring buckets of ice over their heads in support of ALS awareness, surely top business schools are getting in on the action as well, right?

At Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, it began with one section (Section 4) challenging another (Section 5). That section upped the ante, challenging the entire rest of the class, as well as all of Fuqua’s MMS Cross Continent students. So on August 13th, Team Fuqua did the #ALSIceBucketChallenge as one. Continue reading…

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What’s One of the Most Important Facts You Want the Admissions Committee to Know?

What's One of the Most Important Facts You Want the Admissions Committee to Know?

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Student-Run Program at Tuck School of Business Makes Getting to Wall Street Easier

tuckA new student-run program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business seeks to help incoming students from underrepresented groups who are interested in financial services by providing career mentorship and preparation beginning even before they arrive on campus.

Called Wall Street Edge (WSE), the program was the brainchild of a recent graduate who himself received invaluable support from across Tuck that helped him meet his goal of working on Wall Street.

“Paying it forward like that is ingrained in the Tuck psyche,” Deirdre C. O’Donnell, associate director for Tuck’s Career Development Office and the WSE adviser, said in an article about the new program on the Tuck website. “It is invaluable for students to explore their options before getting to school, when there will no longer be enough hours in the day.” Continue reading…

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The Economist Announces Fall 2014 Which MBA? Online Fair Dates

The Economist Announces Fall 2014 Which MBA? Online Fair Dates

If you could ask a business school admissions officer any question about the MBA process, what would it be?  It’s not too late to sign up for The Economist’s Which MBA? Online Fair on September 10, 11 and 13.  Prospective MBA candidates are invited to interact with admissions officers one-on-one or in group chat rooms, join live webinars and download school information.  Previous business school exhibitors have included Babson, Darden, Cornell Johnson and more.  When you register for The Economist’s free Online MBA Fair, you will be entered for your chance to win a $5,000 scholarship to a participating business school.  Registration is free, but space is limited- reserve your spot today!

Sign up now for your chance to win a free iPad when you visit 5 or more school booths on September 10, 11 and 13.


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